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Box missing from fundraiser - theft crimes or safekeeping items?

Volunteer work can be rewarding. Massachusetts residents often volunteer their time and energy in an effort to raise funds, bring about change or serve some other purpose for which they feel a desire to assist with. As a part of such service, individuals will often donate funds or items to be used for the benefit of the volunteer effort. Unfortunately, there are times when funds or items end up missing, and thoughts often turn to the possibility of theft crimes as the reason.

In one recent instance, a box intended to be used in a charity event for a fallen police officer went missing. The box contained a variety of golf balls, hats and shirts to be used as a part of the fundraiser for which the public had purchased tickets. An investigation regarding what happened to the box was begun. After reviewing a security tape of the area, officers identified a woman who apparently carried the box out of the facility. The box was found in the woman's car, and she was arrested.

Details regarding what led up to the box being taken from the fundraising facility are unknown. Was the woman removing them for safekeeping or was her intention to steal the items? What were the motivating factors? Was anyone else involved?

In a situation such as this one, the accused will want experienced legal counsel reviewing the evidence and how it was collected. Additionally, he or she can benefit from guidance in how to answer to the theft crimes charges. As with most criminal charges, the accused will have to answer to these charges before a judge in a Massachusetts court of law.

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